Was there an incident in the Buddhist scripture where the Buddha said of the indebtedness of the unenlightened monks to the laity that they should at least generate metta?

  • i can;t quite make sense of this question cos of the grammar, but it seems interesting :)
    – user2512
    Mar 10 '15 at 21:25

This is covered in the Cūlaccharāsanghāta Sutta, this was preached to counter the Aggikkhandhopama Sutta, which was said to frighten many monks back to lay life , or to "disrobe". This is supposedly (link) said in the Manorathapūranī, the commentary by Buddhaghosa on the Aṅguttara-nikāya.

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